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Take Pleasure in Protecting Our Treasures
Learn More about the North Atlantic Right Whale

Did you know that right whales give birth to their calves in the coastal waters of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida from November through April?
Every right whale is a treasure – with only about 300 right whales remaining, they are one of the most endangered whales in the world.
So let’s take pleasure in protecting America’s rare treasures, and do what we can to save them from extinction.

   

In the calving area, speeds of 10 knots or less are required.
   Even small vessels are capable of killing right whales.

Sharpen your vision to avoid a collision.
   Keep a lookout while transiting the calving area. Vessel strikes are
   a leading cause of known right whale deaths.

Right whales need space - don't chase!
It is against Federal law to approach Right Whales within 500 yards.

Ship Strike Reduction Information:

Compliance Guide for Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction RulePDF Document

Map of Recent Right Whale Sightings

Right Whale Education Materials for Mariners:

Right Whale Protection NotebookPDF Document

Prudent Mariner CD-ROM

Right Whale Recreational Vessel PlacardPDF Document

Slow to 10 Knots for Right Whale Public Service Announcement

Report a Right Whale SightingPDF Document

North Atlantic Right Whale Fact SheetPDF Document

Take Pleasure in our Treasures/ Help Protect the North Atlantic Right WhalePDF Document

Right Whale Mom and Calf

 

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